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November 15, 2014

A gelli plate Christmas window …

Hi and welcome to my blog. This week’s theme challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown had me flummoxed to say the least – I almost went into a crafting spin! I’ve been so busy this week, what with a How To Train Your Dragon themed rainbow pinata cake to make for my daughter, plus a matching card (more on those next time), I could literally feel my mojo ebbing away.

I decided to give it a lot more thought, get some much needed rest and craft with fresh eyes again this morning. So, a little later than usual, here’s what I came up with …


My gelli plate got an airing to make the background using acrylic paints in rich gold and titanium buff, together with the leafy swirl stencil and some bubble wrap to create texture. There were patches of cobalt blue on the gelli plate, left over from my last printing session, but I like the look it gave – quite unique – I won’t be able to do that again! I created a window aperture in the centre of the piece, which was perfect to stamp this wintery scene into…


The pattern made by the titanium buff acrylic paint around the edges of the aperture, looks a little like frost on a window pane … well, with a little artistic licence it does! My husband suggested I added some blue around the edges to define the window a little more, but I was happy with the look and didn’t want to spoil things, so in the end just let it be …


There was a little buff acrylic paint where I stamped the snowman, which coloured his carrot nose in perfectly – I would like to say it was by design but it really wasn’t – just pure luck!

I couldn’t quite capture the true colours and textures in my photos this week (must try harder), it looks so pretty in real life – the rich gold acrylic paint is amazing and gives a wonderful golden sheen …


So, an almost one layer card from me this week – I mounted the whisper white cardstock onto a deckle edged base card to give it strength, and resisted the temptation to add anything else to the card … I hope you like it.

My card also fits beautifully with today’s “more than one tree” challenge at Less is More too – pure serendipity.

Do please pop along to see what the rest of the Design Team have created to inspire you. I hope to see some of your creations at the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge – have a wonderful week.

Want to make this blog colours

cardstock: whisper white;

stamp set: White Christmas;

ink: black stazon;

additional: gelli plate, speedball brayer, leafy swirl stencil, rich gold and titanium buff acrylic paint, from Clarity Stamp, bubble wrap from my stash.

All supplies from Stampin’ Up unless otherwise stated. 

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November 19, 2011

Sail away – aye, aye sailor!

My friend asked me to make a birthday card for her sailor husband with a nautical theme …

I first stamped the Sail Away image – available as a single stamp from Stampin Up – using black stazon ink onto whisper white cardstock.  I stamped the same image onto a post-it note then cut it out to use as a mask over the stamped image.  I also punched out a 1/2” circle from a post it note and used that as a mask for a “sun”. 

Using my speedball brayer from Stampin Up – such a bargain at only £9.95 – I added colour to the sky and sea areas of the picture with bashful blue ink.

I mounted the picture onto a piece of early espresso cardstock and added sahara sand card which had been torn on one side to add interest.  I ran a strip of whisper white cardstock through the crimper for a paper ribbon, and added a sentiment from the Sincere Salutations stamp set, with some stamped circles from the Circle Circus set for faux brads.  Then I mounted the whole thing onto an A5 card base in bashful blue.

I stamped the pennant flags from the Pennant Parade set in bashful blue and crumb cake inks and punched them out using the new petite pennants builder punch.  I used my bigshot to cut out letters for his name in early espresso cardstock using the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet sizzlit die, and mounted them on the card using stampin’ dimensionals over a piece of linen thread which had been knotted at both ends. 

I loved making this card – especially using my brayer – and my friend, Maureen, seemed very happy with it… just hope her hubby was too! 

All supplies from Stampin’ Up!

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